Burundi: Cumba


Roast: Light-Medium
Region: Cumba Community, Ngozi Province
Farm: Grown on smallholder farms near Cumba, processed at Nkanda Washing Station
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1,700-1,900m
Variety: Red Bourbon
Cup: Spiced Pear, Brown Sugar, Tangerine

coffee cupping

Cupping Notes

This is a unique coffee you’re going to want to try!

The wait is over and Burundi Cumba is back.

Burundi Cumba is a wonderful washed coffee. It's complex and vibrant. It’s everything we love about African coffees, with some added bonus.

This coffee boasts 3 extremely interesting notes. Here’s what we’re tasting:

Spiced Pear. This coffee has so much sweetness. We found the sweetness in your cup to best resemble pear juice in flavor, but with some added complexity of spice.

Brown Sugar. There's a deep, molasses-like sweetness in the cup here that we think resembles brown sugar. Alongside pear, this is a wonderful note that enhances the previous note.

Tangerine. There's also a distinct citrus note to round things out here. We found it resembled a refreshing tangerine note, with plenty of vibrance to add an exciting, tart finish.

This coffee is deeply sweet and also entirely refreshing. You're going to love it.

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Farming Notes

Burundi is back at Peregrine, thanks again to our partners at Homage Coffee Source in Dallas. We want to give special thanks specifically to Jake Smith and his direct trade connections in East Africa. This is our third year working with him and his team to provide excellent coffees from the producers in Burundi.

Burundi Cumba (pronounced with a “ch” sound — so, “choom-buh”) is named after the community in Ngozi (part of Northern Burundi, near the border with Rwanda) where this coffee is grown by several small farmers. “Ngozi,” meaning “blessing” in the Kirundi language, has certainly been a blessing to the farmers who produce coffee there.

As I have mentioned with coffees from Burundi in the past, because of how geographically small Burundi is, it is the most coffee-dependent country in the world (as a percentage of its total GDP). We are so happy to have a relationship with the farmers in Burundi that is full of mutual blessings. Thanks to Jake and his team at Homage, we are able to pay well above the industry standard price for their coffees.

We are really happy to have another coffee specifically from Pierre Nzeyimana and his three sons. You may recognize his name as we have purchased coffees from him and his sons several times now. Pierre is actually responsible for what may be my (Arrott’s)  favorite coffee Peregrine has ever produced—our Burundi natural from 2020.

We hope to keep buying what he produces year after year because of its impeccable quality.